About that VGA jury…

The annual Video Game Awards (VGAs) have been around since 2014 and existed as the Spike Video Game Awards (VGX) since 2003. It’s an award show that aims to celebrate the industry and honour the games that came out that year. But as the industry has grown and matured over the past decade and a bit, gender diversity in games has become an increasingly prominent issue. An issue that has been poorly handled as evidenced by events like “Gamergate” in late 2014 as well as the blatant under representation of women in games media, the industry and in games themselves. The latest development of this issue came with the announcement that the jury for the 2015 VGAs would have one — yes ONE — woman on a panel of thirty-two judges. How is this an acceptable practice in a world where the majority of gamers are women? How is this an accurate representation of the industry? The answer is simple: it isn’t. Continue reading →